In the Spring of 1863, Confederate private William E. Stoker hoped for peace and yearned for home, for there was no place he would have rather been than behind a “pare of plow handles” following the family horse. By his second spring of the war, Stoker was “tierd of this buisiness” of fighting and bemoaned the luck of the officers who had all the privileges denied to foot soldiers like himself. A common complaint of many soldiers in the 18th Texas Volunteer Infantry, Stoker longed for a furlough to be able to go home and see his wife, Betty, and young daughter, Priscilla. (By David Gillespie)
William Elisha Stoker to Elizabeth E. Stoker, April 12, 1863, William E. Stoker Papers, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
Stoker, Elizabeth E.
David Gillespie, Dickinson College